Marco Polo

Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant, explorer, and writer. His travels were recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde (Book of the Marvels of the World, aka The Travels of Marco Polo, c. 1300). Continue reading

St-Odoric de Pordenone

Odoric of Pordenone, OFM (1286–1331), also known as Odorico Mattiussi or Mattiuzzi, was an Italian late-medieval Franciscan friar and missionary explorer. Continue reading

Professional Caterers

St. Odoric de Pordenone observed around 1300 while visiting a Franciscan friar in Zhengzhou, China. Continue reading

Pasta Not an Italian Invention

Most people believe that pasta was created by the Italians, not true. Try China. Continue reading

First Fast-food Outlets

Long before Burger King, Tim Hortons and similar outlets, their existed fast food outlets in the early 14th century. Continue reading

Writing Brush and Ink

The Chinese employed a writing brush and ink as early as circa 1000 BCE. Continue reading

First Libraries in Asia Founded in China

During the Qin (Ch’in) dynasty, circa 221-206 BCE, on Imperial Order, “a copy of every book is to be reserved for the emperor’s library, and other copies to be destroyed”. Continue reading

First Major Intercontinental Road was Silk Road (Route)

The Silk Road (route) was the first major intercontinental route that stretched 4,000 miles or (6,400 km) between China and Rome. Continue reading

The Classic of Tea by Lu Yu

Lu Yu published in China in 780, a treatise on tea and it’s uses called The Classic of Tea. Continue reading

First printed book

A Korean woodblock-printed scroll dating back to circa 704 was the first printed book called Mugu chong hwang tae dharani yong (Dharani Sutra). Continue reading